Life stories: Today’s TEDTalks playlist

Posted by: Tedstaff

TED is taking its annual two-week summer vacation starting today. During the break, we’ll post some of our favorite talks from the TEDTalks archive, arranged into playlists.

Today’s playlist is about life stories and life lessons. It starts with the beautifully told tale of a grand life, lived with passion, principle and humor, as Ben Dunlap tells it:

  • Designer Stefan Sagmeister tells us what he has learned in his life so far:

  • Filmmaker Deborah Scranton helps three soldiers tell their own stories of conflict in Iraq in her powerful “War Tapes”:

  • And A.J. Jacobs talks about his year of living Biblically:

  • Now you tell us: What are your favorite life stories among the 750+ TEDTalks? Add your suggestions for this playlist to the comments below, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: LIFE STORIES. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

    And look for fresh TEDTalks starting on August 16!

    Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias

    Comments (2)

    • commented on Aug 2 2010

      David Byrne.

    • Patricia Zougheib commented on Aug 2 2010

      Isabelle Allende: Tales of passion
      Eve Ensler: Finding happiness in body and soul
      Chris Abani: Learning the stories of Africa
      Chris Abani: Telling stories of our shared humanity
      Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors
      J.J Abrams: The mystery box
      Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight
      John Farncis walks the earth
      Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition
      Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge
      Diane Benscoter on How cults rewire the brain
      Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity
      Adora Svitak: what adults can learn from kids
      Alison Hunt gets a new hip
      Chimanda Adichie: the danger of a single story
      Dedvutt Pattanaik: East vs. West, the myths that mystify
      Sunitha Krishnan’s fight against sex slavery
      William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind
      Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes